WLTM: Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs Applicants

By Iain Smith

Since early 2016, Fyne Ales has been a proud participant in the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs (EYE) scheme. EYE is a cross-borders exchange programme which gives new and aspiring entrepreneurs from around Europe the chance to learn from international businesses and gives Fyne Ales the chance to gain fresh perspectives, ideas and enthusiasm from abroad!

During the past 15 months, we’ve been privileged to host a range of young entrepreneurs who’ve made significant contributions to our brewery, working particularly with the brewing team to learn more about what we do as a modern Scottish beer producer.

We are currently seeking applicants for the next young entrepreneur to join us in Argyll to see what Fyne Ales is all about. Check out the EYE website for more info, check out the blogs by two of our previous participants Tomasso and Davide and if you’re interested, please email erasmus[at]fyneales.com.

Looking forward to reading your applications!

Fyne Ales set to host #CraftBeerHour on 25 April!

By Iain Smith

Join us next Tuesday at 9pm on Twitter as we host #CraftBeerHour and answer your questions about Fyne Ales beer, Fyne Ales brewery and, of course, FyneFest.

#CraftBeerHour is basically a digital meet-the-brewer – you’re encouraged to grab one of our award-winning beers, crack it open at 9pm and engage in a bit of chat about what you’re thinking, what you’re drinking and everything in between. You can even head along to your local if they’ve got our beers on draft and tweet with a pint!

A couple of members of the Fyne Ales team, including head brewer Macolm Downie, will be on hand to answer your questions, and we’ve got some special announcements lined-up for those lucky enough to be joining us in Argyll this summer for FyneFest, as we’ll be announcing even more breweries confirmed for the festival, and some of the highlights from the beer list!

Be sure to check out @craftbeerhour on Twitter, as well as our @FyneAles account, for where you can pick up a beer ahead of Tuesday night as we’ll retweet stockists as we see them. Here’s a wee list to get you started:

  • Waitrose (Scotland)
  • Morrisons (Scotland)
  • Booths (National)
  • Oddbins (Scotland)
  • Eebria (Online)
  • Beerhawk (Online)
  • The Beer Boutique (Tunbridge Wells)
  • Hop Hideout (Sheffield)
  • Great Grog (Edinburgh)
  • Cornelius (Edinburgh)
  • Beer Zoo (Edinburgh)
  • Good Spirit Co (Glasgow)
  • Hippo Beers (Glasgow)
  • Grunting Growler (Glasgow)
  • Valhalla’s Goat (Glasgow)

And of course, the brewery tap shop at the Fyne Ales brewery!

 

 

 

 

The Merchant

New release: Fyne Ales Farmhouse Project presents: The Merchant

By Iain Smith

The Merchant returns to the glen with exotic spices, herbs and teas for trade, but saves a bundle of his favourite rooibos for a special purpose. His brew, left for months of maturation during his voyages, is revitalised by the tea, taking on a refreshing, dry, caramel nuttiness to offset its deep, malty flavour.

The third of four beers brewed as part of the Fyne Ales Farmhouse Project, The Merchant will go on sale next week.

Following The Farmer saison and our gruit ale, The Witch; The Merchant is another example of an intriguing beer, featuring uncommon ingredients, and drawing inspiration from the legends of Argyll.

Brewed in early 2015, The Merchant was left to mature into a 5% stock ale for nine months before the addition of African rooibos tea, enhancing the base beer’s autumnal flavours with a rich, dark malty body complimented by the tea’s revitalising flavours.

Available now in limited edition 750ml bottles with stunning artwork once again created by Edinburgh illustrator, GJ Dunbar.

Launch Events

The Merchant will be formally launched on Thursday 13 April, with events taking place in Glasgow and Edinburgh to mark the on sale of the bottles. In Glasgow, Brewdog Glasgow will host a Fyne Ales tap takeover including one of a limited number of kegs of the latest Farmhouse Project beer. They will also host a ticketed, vertical tasting of all Farmhouse Project beers, including an exclusive first tasting of the final beer in the series, The Mystic. Brewer Andrea Ladas, who conceived and developed the beers for the project, will be on hand to talk through the the creation and production of the beers.

In Edinburgh, The Salt Horse bar will tap a keg of The Merchant to coincide with the Glasgow tapping – expect to see the beer on draft from 6pm, and they’ll also have bottle stock to take home at the end of the night.

Bottles will go on sale from the Fyne Ales website, brewery tap and other retailers from the end of the week.

Everyone at Fyne Ales is excited for The Merchant launch – if you managed to get hold of a bottle next week or head along to one of the launch events, be sure to post on Facebook, Tweet and Instagram your thoughts using #FyneMerchant!

Mills & Hills wins Supreme Champion Gold award at SIBA National Independent Beer Awards

By Iain Smith

On an outstanding night for Scottish brewing, Fyne Ales imperial stout Mills & Hills was named the UK’s best bottled or canned beer at the 2017 SIBA National Independent Beer Awards.

Mills & Hills, created in collaboration with Dutch brewery De Molen, was a winner of one of the three biggest prizes of the competition held in Sheffield. Fellow Scottish brewery Williams Bros also took a Supreme Champion Gold prize for its cask Williams Black, with other Scottish breweries including Swannay, Strathaven and Alechemy picking up gold prizes in a variety of categories. The Supreme Champion Gold keg beer award went to East Sussex brewery Burning Sky for their Easy Answers IPA.

“I’m delighted that Mills & Hills was won at tonight’s awards ceremony – it was up against some excellent beers. We brewed the original batch of the beer with our friends from De Molen a couple of years ago and it’s amazing that it continues to be recognised,” explained Fyne Ales Managing Director, Jamie Delap.

Mills & Hills is a 9.5% imperial stout. Pouring jet black, the beer carries flavours of rich dark fruits and molasses with a warming finish. It is available in 330ml bottles year-round as well as seasonally in cask and keg. A limited run of barrel-aged Mills & Hills was launched earlier this year.

Fyne Ales’ annual beer, music and food festival, FyneFest was also recognised by SIBA, being shortlisted for a Marketing Implementation award at the annual SIBA Business Awards.

 

Stay up to date with the latest from Fyne Ales on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

 

Fyne Ales featured on Expedia map of UK and Ireland’s best breweries

By Iain Smith

Fyne Ales has been chosen by beer sommelier Melissa Cole to represent Scotland in Expedia.co.uk’s interactive map of best regional breweries.

The map, which also includes information about the breweries and their must-try ales, is aimed at travellers planning weekend breaks. With destinations throughout both the UK and Ireland, it is designed to inspire holidaymakers to get to know the food and drink in the local area where they are staying.

Award-winning author and writer Cole recommended the brewery along with two "must-try" Fyne Ales beers: Jarl and Sublime Stout. Melissa writes “perched at the head of the Glen Fyne, this family brewery has been consistently turning out some of Scotland’s finest beers for 15 years.”

The Fyne Ales brewery tap room, which offers brewery tours in addition to draft and takeaway beer, has become a staple tourist destination since its opening in 2012.

Throughout the year, Expedia will invite food and drink bloggers to develop original recipes inspired by the must-try ales as recommended by Melissa.

The full brewery map is available to view online on the Expedia website.

New Brew News – International Women’s Collab Brew Day: Hopulence

By Iain Smith

Each year on the 8 March, the world celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women with International Women’s Day, while in the beer industry, women are celebrated for their achievements with International Women’s Collab Brew Day (IWCBD).

2017 was the fourth IWCBD, and Fyne Ales first year of participation; we’ve always been proud to have a significant proportion of hard-working, talented women as part of the Fyne Ales team, and even more so that the brewery was co-founded by a woman, Tuggy Delap, in 2001. When the idea to let the ladies of Fyne Ales take over the brewery to create our next Spring cask special was suggested, it was a no-brainer for everyone.

“International Woman's Collab Brew Day is so important as it’s a chance for women to showcase their talents as an ever-growing part of the beer industry,” explained Lynsey Campbell, a member of the Fyne Ales sales team. Office Manager Elaine Polanski said of the brew day "It was a really interesting experience, and an extremely rewarding thing to be part of along with the other ladies of Fyne Ales - I think we taught the guys a thing or two about team work!"

 

Named Hopulence, the Fyne Ales IWCBD beer is characterised by its use of new world hops including Nelson Sauvin and El Dorado during the brew. Both hops are known for their bold tropical fruit flavours, which were then complemented by a dry hopping with Lemon Drop, an experimental hop with strong citrus notes and a green tea, herbal character. “Part of my role at Fyne Ales has enabled me to engage more women in beer; big flavoured, fruity, hoppy IPAs were how I got into craft beer, and I wanted to make a beer that could have the same impact on other women,” explained Campbell, who created the recipe for Hopulence with the brewery team.  Ideal for sunny days in pub gardens, Hopulence is a delightfully refreshing, golden-coloured IPA coming in at a perfectly sessionable 4.5% ABV.

Available to pre-order now and rolling out to pubs from 27 March, keep an eye out for our one-off IWCBD brew in your local pub – the beer will be best super-fresh when the hops are at their most flavourful.

Be sure to keep up with the latest from Fyne Ales on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

Coming Soon - Fyne Ales X Canediguerra IGA

By Iain Smith

The Fyne Ales brewery was recently treated to a visit from the team from Italian craft brewery, Canediguerra, who joined us for a long weekend in Argyll to plan a unique, trans-European collaboration brew. Flying in from the North of Italy, the four-man contingent lead by award-winning brewer Alessio Gatti arrived in Achadunan to finalise plans for an Italian-style beer to be brewed in the hills of Scotland.

Like many collaborations, plans for the brew began some months before our guests in Scotland. The Canediguerra guys had advised they had access to an interesting ingredient which has never been used before in a British brew – Italian grape must. A by-product of winemaking, must is a fructose-rich mix of the juice, stalks, stems and skins of grapes. Alessandria, where the Canediguerra brewery is based, has many vineyards producing wines using muscat grapes, known for their sweet, strong fruit flavours. As muscat wines are generally young wines, they can be produced year-round, and a vineyard adjacent to the Italian brewery was happy for Fyne Ales to procure a batch of must for our collaboration brew.

After some logistical hurdles were overcome (tax, duty and a lot of import/export red tape), the must arrived at the brewery in excellent condition, ready to be used to brew an authentic Italian Grape Ale (IGA). Just how the must was used and the final beer recipe we’ll cover in a later blog, so stay tuned for part two where we’ll properly introduce the beer and talk a bit more about the research, devising and brewing processes behind it.

Right now the beer is being prepared for bottling and we’re confident that the first leg of the collaboration has produced something special. Stay tuned to the blog and our social media channels (Facebook/Twitter/Instagram) for more information on the beer’s release, as well as the second leg of the collaboration in Italy later this year!

New Brew News - March 2017

By Iain Smith

The start of 2017 has been busy at the Fyne Ales brewery, not only with planning exciting things for the year ahead (looking at you, FyneFest), but with producing some exciting new beers. Below are the details of some limited and seasonal release cask and keg beers you might stumble across in your local in the near future.

Orange Apeel

ABV 4.4%

A cask-exclusive session IPA brewed with whole oranges alongside Cascade and Summit hops for a big, citrus taste that gives way to a clean, bitter finish. With a recipe developed and brewed by Erasmus project participant Simone Appodia, this light, easy-drinking, golden ale is a well-balanced refresher.

Three of Clubs

Fyne Ales & Toccalomatto & Casita Cerveceria

ABV 8.8%

An ambitious three-legged collaboration with friends of the brewery, Toccalomatto and Casita Cerveceria, Three of Clubs is a heavily hopped Belgian tripel brewed using the same recipe in three separate locations (USA, Scotland and Italy). Named in honour of one of the three brewers’ favourite pastimes, the beer is a great example of a modern twist on the traditional Belgian style with golden colour profile, bold sweetness at the forefront balanced against a dry, hoppy finish.

Wee Heavy

ABV 6.1%

A limited release, cask exclusive, dark scotch ale. While the majority of the brew has been reserved for an exciting future project, the beer’s warming, rich flavour profile means it’s ideal for the early Spring months and we’ve made a limited number of casks available right now. With a soft chocolatey smoothness and a touch of British and American hops running alongside the caramel finish, Fyne Ales’ Wee Heavy is an excellent example of the traditional higher-ABV Scottish style ale.

Guava Sour

ABV 5%

At the other end of the scale, Guava Sour is a modern take on a full-bodied Berliner Weisse style, with an amped-up ABV and big tropical fruit kick thanks to the addition of over 22kg of fresh guava during fermentation. Available in keg now, Guava Sour is a light, sparkling kettle-sour with strong flavours of lemon and tropical fruit and a refreshing finish.

Razuberi!

ABV 4%

Another limited release coming soon, Razuberi! is a session wheat beer with a ridiculous amount of fresh raspberries added to give it a fresh, red-fruit kick. Razuberi!, the Japanese for raspberry, has been brewed as part of a partnership with Japan’s Craft Beer Market where it is known under the less exciting name CBM #4, but limited kegs are hitting UK bars from next week.

 

There’s plenty more beer to come from Fyne Ales in the coming months, so stay tuned to the blog, and be sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for exclusive sneak-peaks at what’s coming next. Keep a special eye out for a couple of bottle releases coming very, very soon.

Now hiring: Packaging and Warehouse Operator

By Iain Smith

An opportunity has come up to join the Fyne Ales team – if you are a hard worker and enjoy good beer, then this could be the role for you. We are looking for someone to join the team on the packaging and warehousing end of our production.

The role will involve cleaning, steaming and filling casks and kegs with the best craft beers we can make, as well as responsibility for stock coordination and preparation for dispatch. Additional responsibilities will include occasionally joining the production line during bottling days and local delivery runs as and when required. We are always trying to develop as a team, and we are looking for someone who is interested to learn more about making outstanding craft beer.

The ideal person will be a hard worker, who is up to the physical demands of the job. You need to be accurate with a meticulous attention to detail to ensure that every single pint of beer that leaves our premises meets our standards.  You will more than likely enjoy good beer, want to learn more about the process, and enjoy working in a great team.  A driving licence and transport to get yourself to our location at the head of Loch Fyne is essential.

We are offering a salary of £17,500 for this role, together with membership of our profit share scheme, a modest pension contribution if you opt into the pension scheme and 28 days holiday a year, including statutory holidays.

Interested? Download the full role description and please email work@fyneales.com with a copy of your CV and a covering letter telling us why you are the right person for the job.

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